Faheem Ashraf is playing in place of Junaid Khan who is now out of ODI series due to toe injury. Hassan Ali picked up two wickets for 59 runs. The sluggish nature of the pitch had convinced Taylor, not to take any undue risks in the middle phase of New Zealand innings but sadly today he missed out an opportunity for he did not keep enough strike - a mere 22 balls in the last 10 overs.
Ross Taylor top-scored with a 120-ball 86 and Henry Nicholls made 33 off 63 balls and together added 75 for the fifth wicket to lift their team from 73-4 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Afridi, victor of the Man of the Match award, bowled aggressively, in all of his three spells and was rewarded with 4 for 38. The play had to stop five balls later as an ambulance waited near a sidescreen for Imam, who had to be stretchered in it, to take him to the hospital. The left-arm fast bowler became the third New Zealander to achieve a hat trick in an ODI after Danny Morrison and Shane Bond. The match is being broadcast live on PTV Sports network.
Shaheen Shah Afridi was superb with the ball, taking 4-38 (econ 4.22) to earn the Player of the Match honours.
It was Pakistan's first ODI win over New Zealand after a run of 12 defeats, and the bowlers did their bit in setting it up.
"He's also a handy batsman down the order, as he showed with his half-century in the most recent round of the Ford Trophy".
Ravindra, the 18-year-old left-hander, can be pleased with his series, the promising Wellington allrounder making 70 and 27 in his first class debut in the drawn first game in Dubai, before adding 64 in the first innings in Abu Dhabi.